Israeli Peer wins amid another round of protests
Auckland: Israel’s Shahar Peer ignored noisy jeers at the ASB Classic from pro-Palestinian protestors Thursday, reaching the semi-finals over Russian Maria Kirilenko 6-0, 3-6, 6-1.
Five people were arrested in addition to one person taken into custody Wednesday for similar protests.
About 20 members of the local Global Peace and Justice group who object to Israel’s treatment of Palestinians refused police requests to stop using megaphones to protest Peer’s participation.
Peer, ranked 30th, needed 23 minutes to win the first set but found herself in a battle as Kirilenko took the second before the Israeli regained control in the third.
Peer is to play Friday for the final against Belgian third seed Yanina Wickmayer, who ended the run of 39-year-old Japanese Kimiko Date Krumm 6-2, 6-2.
Top seed Flavia Pennetta, who has lost just 13 games in three matches, put out Slovak Dominika Cibulkova 6-1, 6-2. She awaits an opponent from doubles partner Francesca Schiavone, the fourth seed, who was to face Alize Cornet of France later in the day.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Explosion in Delhi's Naya Bazar, one killed; anti-terror wing, Special cell at spot
- This is why Cyrus Mistry was removed as Chairman of Tata Sons!
- WATCH: Akhilesh Yadav's emotional speech revealing the real reason behind Samajwadi Party crisis; he was about to cry
- Prompt action on border pushes Pak to offer olive branch, says both sides need to 'formalise' 2003 ceasefire
- Read letters by Ratan Tata to PM Narendra Modi and Group employees after Cyrus Mistry's ouster